07/20/2017 - Following strong resistance from the APWU - and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) - USPS management agreed to a five-month delay in implementing forced reassignments and excessing of employees out of their installations.
07/29/2016 - APWU Clerk Craft officers and the Postal Service signed three documents on July 29: They agreed to a new set of Questions & Answers on the POStPlan, Filling Residual Vacancies, and Travel; signed a Step 4 Settlement on Postal Support Employees (PSEs) staffing Level 4 RMPOs (Remotely Managed Post Offices) working outside their installation, and signed an addendum Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Peak Season Exception Periods and the use of annuitants.
10/08/2015 - The APWU and USPS have signed an agreement that prohibits management from initiating the posting of annual bids in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft pursuant to any audit review, Assistant Director Javier E. Piñeres has announced.
04/10/2015 - The APWU and USPS reached two pre-arbitration settlements on April 9, resolving disputes over the use of acting supervisors (204bs) in Bulk Mail Entry Units and in Office-in-Charge assignments, Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson has announced.
Union Disposes of Another 'Red Herring'
10/14/2014 - Maintenance craft officers recently settled an important dispute, stipulating that the Postal Service cannot declare an installation “non-maintenance capable” and then use the designation to justify excessing Maintenance Craft employees who work on Building Equipment. The work at issue was primarily that of Building Equipment Mechanics (BEMs), although occasionally the duties are performed by other occupational groups, such as Level 7 Maintenance Mechanics (MM-7s) and Level 5 Building Maintenance Custodians.
Will Help Create Good Schedules and Conversions
07/18/2014 - A highly-anticipated computer program – Version 2 of the Maximization Duty Assignment Tool (MDAT) – will launch on Tuesday, July 22.
05/15/2014 - The APWU and USPS have reached a Step 4 settlement [PDF] that resolves a discrepancy between the Collective Bargaining Agreement [PDF] and Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) [PDF] regarding the conversion of MVS Craft Postal Support Employees (PSEs) into residual vacancies, Motor Vehicle Craft Director Michael O. Foster has announced.
Settlement Will Result in PSE, PTF Conversions
03/24/2014 - An important March 20 agreement between the APWU and USPS outlines a procedure for filling residual vacancies in the Clerk, Maintenance and Motor Vehicle Crafts, and will result in the conversion of Postal Support Employees to career status and the conversion of Part-Time Flexible Clerks to full-time, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced.
'Proves Postal Counters Are a Bad Idea’
03/10/2014 - The March 6 announcement by Staples CEO Ron Sargent that the office-supply chain will close 225 stores by the end of 2015, “Proves that it’s a bad idea to turn over public postal services to a private company that can close stores with no public input,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein;
ALSO: The USPS acknowledged in a Feb. 25 settlement that its obligation to create desirable new duty assignments from “all available work hours” includes hours worked by Postal Support Employees, Clerk Craft officers report.
05/01/2013 - A new APWU computer program that tracks employees’ work hours will help local unions fight for jobs with better schedules, address excessing issues and retreat rights, and identify part-time flexible hours that justify full-time jobs.